Published On: January 31, 2024

How To Pair Bose Headphones To Any Device

Published On: January 31, 2024
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How To Pair Bose Headphones To Any Device

Learn how to pair your Bose headphones to any device with our comprehensive guide. Say goodbye to tech troubles and hello to seamless music enjoyment!

How To Pair Bose Headphones To Any Device

  • David Bates, a dedicated home theater connoisseur, shares his passion and expertise through engaging writing. He provides insights on the latest trends, technologies, and techniques, helping others achieve optimal audiovisual experiences.

Having trouble pairing your Bose headphones? It seems so many of us find ourselves with silent earcups while we wade through a confusing mess of wires and settings.

No worries though. Armed with our hands-on experience and thorough research, we’ve perfected the process of getting your tunes flowing without a hitch. Our streamlined guide lays out the steps to pair your device clearly, ensuring that you'll be bopping to your favorite beats before you know it.

Let’s jump right in and get those headphones synced up!

Key Takeaways

  • To pair Bose headphones, ensure they are charged and in pairing mode by pressing the power or Bluetooth button until you see a blinking light.
  • Open your device's Bluetooth settings to find and select your Bose headphones from the available devices list, then confirm any prompts to connect.
  • If there are issues during pairing, check for obstacles like low battery or distance and update headphone firmware through the Bose Connect app for a smoother experience.
  • Use NFC technology with compatible devices for quick tap-and-connect pairing or plug in with an audio cable when wireless isn't an option.
  • The Bose Music app offers personalized settings and easy connection steps; download it from your device's store for enhanced control over some models of Bose headphones.

Essential Things to Know Before Pairing Bose Headphones

Now, let's get your Bose headphones ready to connect. First, make sure they are fully charged. A low battery can cause issues during pairing. Next, check that your device has Bluetooth turned on.

Black Bose headphones on a table in the living room

You'll find this in the settings menu of most smartphones, tablets, and computers.

Also, know which model you have because some require specific steps for pairing. For instance, models like the Bose QuietComfort 35 have a slider on the ear cup to initiate pairing mode while others may have a small button you press and hold.

Have these details handy and you'll be set up for success!

How to Put Bose Headphones in Pairing Mode

After learning the basics, let's get your Bose headphones ready to pair. You'll want them in pairing mode before connecting to any device.

  • Make sure your Bose headphones are charged. A low battery can stop the pairing process.
  • Find the power button on your headphones. It might be a small switch or button.
  • Press and hold the power button. For most models, you'll do this for about 2 seconds.
  • Watch for a blinking light. Your Bose headphones will usually blink blue when in pairing mode.
  • Hear for a voice prompt or tone. It tells you that the headphones are ready to pair.
  • Check the ear cups or earbuds. Some models have a special button or toggle there.
  • On certain earbud models, look at the charging case. You may need to press a button on the back of it.

Steps to Pair Bose Headphones to Any Device

We know how exciting it is to set up your new Bose headphones. Let's get them connected so you can start enjoying your music right away. Here are the steps:

  • Make sure your Bose headphones are charged and close to the device you want to pair with.
  • Turn on your headphones by pressing the power button. You'll usually find this button on one of the ear cups or the edge of the headphones.
  • Hold down the Bluetooth button for about 2 seconds until you see the Bluetooth light blink. This means your Bose headphones are now in pairing mode.
  • Pick up your device and open its Bluetooth settings. This could be a phone, tablet, or computer.
  • If Bluetooth isn't already on, switch it on. Look for a toggle or switch in your device's settings and tap or click it to turn Bluetooth on.
  • Wait for a moment as your device searches for nearby Bluetooth devices.
  • Scroll through the list of available devices until you see the name of your Bose headphones. It may say "Bose Headphones" or something similar.
  • Tap or click on that name to start pairing. Your device might tell you that it's connecting to your headphones.
  • If asked, type in a passcode. Most times, this will be '0000' or you won't need one at all.
  • Watch for a confirmation message that says something like "Connected" next to your headphone's name on the screen.

Using the Bose Music App for Pairing

Let's grab our phones and start pairing! The Bose Music app is super helpful, especially if you've got one of those fancy Bose headphones like the Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. First, make sure to download the app from the App Store or Play Store—it won't cost you a dime.

Once it's installed, open up the app and follow the simple steps to connect to your Mac or any other device. You'll see pictures that show exactly what to do. It feels almost like having a friend right there guiding you through it all.

Tap here, swipe there and before you know it, your new headphones will be ready for action!

How to Connect Bose Headphones to Different Devices

We understand that you might be using a variety of gadgets in your daily life, and we're here to guide you through the seamless connection of your Bose headphones with each one. Whether it's an Apple device singing in your pocket or an Android companion at your fingertips, let us lead you into a world where your favorite tracks are never more than a quick setup away.

Connecting to an iPhone or iPad

Pairing your Bose headphones with an iPhone or iPad is simple. We just need to follow a few steps for a smooth connection.

Bose QuietComfort headphones
  1. Ensure Bluetooth is turned on in your iPhone or iPad. You can do this by going to Settings, then tapping on Bluetooth.
  2. Put your Bose headphones in pairing mode. Hold the power button or the Bluetooth switch for a couple of seconds until you see the LED light flash.
  3. Open the Bluetooth menu on your device. Your screen will show a list of available devices.
  4. Wait for the name of your headphones to appear on that list. It might take a moment, so be patient.
  5. Tap on your Bose headphones from the list once they show up. If it's your first time connecting them, they should pair right away.
  6. If asked for a passcode, enter "0000". Most times, you won't need one, though.
  7. Your iPhone or iPad will connect with the headphones and confirm it with a message or sound.
  8. Check if there's any firmware update available through the Bose Connect app — keeping up-to-date ensures better performance!
  9. Start playing some music or a video to test that everything sounds good.

Connecting to a Mac or MacBook

We've got you covered if you want to connect your Bose headphones to a Mac or MacBook. It’s an easy process that will get you listening to your favorite tunes in no time. Let’s walk through the steps:

  • Make sure your Mac or MacBook has Bluetooth turned on. Click the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar at the top of the screen.
  • Get your Bose headphones ready by pressing and holding the power button. This turns them on and puts them into pairing mode.
  • Look at the list of discoverable devices on your Mac's Bluetooth settings. You should see your Bose headphones appear there.
  • Select your Bose headphones from this list with a simple click. If prompted, confirm that you want to pair with the device.
  • Wait for a moment as your Mac connects to the headphones. A notification will pop up once they're successfully paired.
  • If you run into any trouble, double - check that your headphones are fully charged. Low battery can sometimes cause pairing issues.
  • Ensure that no other device is already connected to your Bose headphones. They might try to connect automatically with something else.

Connecting to a Windows PC

Pairing your Bose headphones with a Windows PC is easy. Here's how we do it step by step.

A man wearing Bose headphones using his computer
  • Make sure Bluetooth is on. We click the Start button, then go to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices.
  • Keep our wireless headphones close to the computer, within 3 feet, for a strong Bluetooth signal.
  • Now it's time to get the headphones ready. We press and hold the power or pairing button until the LED flashes blue or white.
  • Back on the PC, we select "Add Bluetooth or other device." We choose Bluetooth from the options.
  • A list of devices will appear. We look for our Bose headphones and select them to start pairing.
  • If prompted for a PIN, we type "0000" unless we have a different code with our headphones.
  • Our headphones should connect in a flash! The status will change to "Connected" under Audio in Bluetooth settings.
  • With no Bose Connect app for Windows, this manual connection is our best route.
  • Don't worry! We can still use a dongle. Just plug it into our USB port and follow the steps above.
  • The process is similar but starts in Settings directly from the taskbar. Then we follow from step 2 onwards.
  • We restart our headphones by turning them off and on again.
  • Double - check that they're not already connected to another device nearby.

Connecting to an Android Phone or Tablet

We need to connect our Bose headphones to an Android phone or tablet. Let's get started with these simple steps:

  • First, turn on the Bluetooth feature on our Android device. We swipe down from the top of the screen to open the Quick Settings panel, then tap and hold the Bluetooth icon.
  • This action opens our Bluetooth settings. Here, we make sure Bluetooth is enabled by tapping the switch next to "Bluetooth" if it's not already on.
  • Next, we put our Bose headphones into pairing mode. If they're in a case, we open it, or press the power/connect button on the ear cups for a few seconds until we hear "Ready to pair."
  • Now back on our Android device, we tap "Scan" in the Bluetooth settings menu. Our phone or tablet looks for nearby devices that are ready to connect.
  • Our Bose headphones will show up in the list of available devices after a short wait. They might be named something like "Bose QC35" or "Bose SoundSport."
  • We find and select our Bose headphones from this list. A pairing request may pop up asking if we want to pair with them.
  • After tapping “Pair,” a confirmation message should let us know that our headphones are now connected.

5 Ways to Pair Bose Headphones to Any Device

Let's jump right in and explore the versatility of your Bose headphones—because we understand you want flexibility. Whether it's using Bluetooth for a wireless experience, near-field communication (NFC) for that quick tap-and-connect feature, plugging in directly with an audio cable when you need it, or utilizing the intuitive Bose Connect and Music apps; there's a pairing method tailored just for your lifestyle needs.

Using Bluetooth

We always turn on Bluetooth to connect our Bose headphones with any device. It's the most common way to pair them. First, make sure your headphones are in pairing mode. Then, open the Bluetooth settings on your device and look for your Bose headphones on the list.

Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds and Headphones Set

Tap their name once they appear, and you're all set! Your music will start flowing through your new connection.

Sometimes devices need a little push to find each other. If you can't see your headphones in the list right away, refresh it or turn Bluetooth off and then back on again. This usually does the trick! Once paired, most devices remember your headphones, making reconnection quick and easy next time around.

Enjoy listening without wires getting in the way!

Using NFC

After mastering Bluetooth, let's explore the simplicity of NFC technology. If your device supports NFC, pairing your Bose headphones is like magic. Just tap your headphones against the device and watch them connect instantly.

No need to dig through settings or wait for a list of devices to appear.

We love how NFC takes away the hassle of manual connections. It's perfect for those moments when you want quick access to your music without any fuss. With a simple touch between your Bose headphones and an Android phone or tablet, you're all set to dive into your favorite tunes.

This feature makes it easy to switch from one device to another, ensuring that our music keeps up with our on-the-go lifestyle.

Using the Audio Cable

We've got you covered if Bluetooth isn't an option. Bose headphones can pair with devices using an audio cable, perfect for when you're dealing with tech that doesn't support wireless connections.

Just plug the cable into your headphones and connect the other end to your device's headphone jack.

This method works great with older laptops or even gaming consoles that lack Bluetooth capability. With a direct connection, there’s no need to worry about pairing or signal interference—just pure, uninterrupted sound.

Now, let's move on and see how the Bose Connect App can simplify pairing your Bose headphones further.

Using the Bose Connect App

Let's talk about the Bose Connect App. It's a handy tool that makes pairing your Bose headphones a breeze. First, download the app from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store to your Android or iOS smartphone.

Once installed, open the app and it will guide you through connecting your headphones to your device. The app has clear visuals and easy steps to follow.

The beauty of using this app is its extra features for select models of headphones. You can switch between connected devices, manage Bluetooth connections, and even get product tips right in the palm of your hand.

If you're stuck, there's a FAQ section that helps solve common issues like connecting to TVs or gaming consoles like PS4 or Xbox One. Trust us—you'll want to keep this tool close by for quick and easy headphone pairing!

Using the Bose Music App

We'll guide you through pairing your Bose headphones with the Bose Music app. This handy tool offers extra control for certain models. First, download the app from your device's store and open it.

Follow the on-screen instructions to create an account or log in if you already have one. Once logged in, tap 'My Bose' at the bottom of the screen, then hit the '+' sign to add a new device.

Make sure your headphones are in pairing mode before you continue. The app will find them and show them on your screen. Tap on your headphones when they appear, and follow any additional prompts to finish pairing.

You can now adjust settings and enjoy a personalized listening experience right from your phone or tablet! Keep using this method to easily pair with other devices as well; it saves time and makes switching between gadgets a breeze.

Troubleshooting Common Problems When Pairing Bose Headphones

Let's face it, even the best of us run into a snag sometimes—pairing your Bose headphones might not always be smooth sailing. We've been there, and we know how frustrating it can be when tech doesn’t cooperate, so let’s dive right in to get those pesky issues sorted out and your tunes flowing again.

Issues with Bluetooth Connection

Pairing our Bose headphones should be a breeze, but sometimes we hit a snag with Bluetooth connections. We're here to tackle these hiccups head-on and get our favorite tunes playing smoothly.

Black Bose headphones next to a keyboard and a bunch of cables
  • Ensure Bluetooth is On: Both our bluetooth headphones and the device must have Bluetooth enabled. Sometimes it's just a matter of flipping the switch in settings.
  • Charge Up: Low battery on either device can cause connection problems. Let's make sure everything is charged.
  • Clear Old Connections: Our headphones remember past devices. If the list is full, we need to remove an old device to make space for a new one.
  • Distance Matters: Stay close—Bluetooth usually works best within 30 feet of the connected device.
  • Restart Devices: A simple reboot of our headphones and the other device can clear up any temporary glitches.
  • Update Firmware: Out-of-date software might be the culprit. Let's check if there are updates for our Bose headphones or the Bluetooth device.
  • Check Compatibility: Not all devices speak the same Bluetooth language. We must confirm if they're compatible.
  • Too Many Connections: If there are other Bluetooth devices nearby, they could interfere. Try turning off any unused connections.

Problems with the Bose App

After overcoming Bluetooth connection hurdles, you might think you're all set. But sometimes, you'll run into glitches with the Bose app itself. We need to tackle those too. Let's dive into how we can smooth out any wrinkles with the Bose Music app:

  1. App Won't Open – At times, the Bose app may not open on your phone or tablet. First, check for updates in your device's app store and install if available. If that doesn't help, try resetting your device or reinstalling the app.
  2. Headphones Not Found – Your headphones should pop up in the Bose app once they're on and in range. If they don't show up, turn off the headphones and then back on. It also helps to reboot your mobile device before trying again.
  3. App Freezes – If the Bose Music app freezes, force close it on your mobile device and reopen it. This often fixes temporary software hiccups.
  4. Can't Connect to Store – Sometimes, you can have trouble accessing the store section within the app. Make sure your internet connection is stable and try again.
  5. Sync Issues – Your settings may not sync across devices correctly through the app at times. To fix this, log out of the Bose Music app from all devices and log back in.
  6. Firmware Updates Fail – Updating firmware is crucial for optimal performance but can sometimes be tricky through an app that misbehaves. When updates fail, connect to a Wi-Fi network with a strong signal or plug into a charger if battery levels are low before attempting again.
  7. Difficulty Accessing Features – Certain features may be tough to find or use within the Bose Music app; make sure you have the latest version of the application and explore different menus and sections thoroughly.
  8. Pairing Problems Specific to Samsung Devices - Ensure your Samsung device runs on the latest Android version available for fewer compatibility issues with pairing through the Bose Music app.
  9. Unexpected Crashes - The app might crash without warning due to bugs or corrupted data causing frustration; regularly clear cache from your device's application manager as preventative maintenance for smoother operation of both devices together.

Difficulties in Entering Pairing Mode

Sometimes our Bose headphones just won't go into pairing mode. This can be frustrating, but we're here to help you through it. Here are some common difficulties and solutions:

  • Make sure your headphones are charged. If the battery is low, they might not enter pairing mode.
  • Check if your headphones are already connected to another device. If so, disconnect them before trying again.
  • Hold down the power or Bluetooth button for a few seconds until the light blinks. This usually starts pairing mode.
  • Clear your headphone's Bluetooth memory by holding the power button for 10 seconds. This removes old connections that might cause trouble.
  • Restart the device you're trying to pair with. A fresh start can sometimes fix pairing issues.
  • Turn off other Bluetooth devices nearby that might interfere with the connection process.
  • Update your headphones' firmware through the Bose Connect app for improved performance and fewer problems.
  • Move closer to the device you want to pair with. Sometimes distance or obstacles like walls can prevent successful pairing.
  • Look at your device's manual for special instructions on connecting Bluetooth audio devices.

Issues with Device Compatibility

After mastering how to enter pairing mode, let's tackle another common hurdle: device compatibility issues. Sometimes your Bose headphones might not seem to like certain devices. Don't fret—we've got you covered with these tips.

Bose headphones - A20 Aviation Headset with Bluetooth
  • Check for updates: Ensure both the headphones and the device are running on the latest software. Outdated versions can cause connection problems.
  • Know your device's Bluetooth version: Your Bose headphones may support a different Bluetooth version than your device, causing pairing difficulties.
  • Look into adapter options: Some gadgets, like PS4 or Xbox consoles, may need a Bluetooth adapter to connect with your Bose headphones.
  • Verify if the device supports audio streaming: Not all Bluetooth-enabled devices can stream audio; make sure yours does before trying to pair.
  • Reboot both devices: A simple restart can sometimes solve compatibility issues by refreshing the connection settings.
  • Clear previous connections: Devices remember past pairings. Delete these from your headphones and gadget to prevent conflicts.
  • Check for interference: Other wireless signals near you can disrupt the pairing process. Move away from other electronics and try again.
  • Use the right app for setup: For iOS or Android users, set up your Bose headphones with the Bose Connect app. Windows and Mac users will pair through system settings since there is no dedicated app for these platforms.

Problems with Audio Quality After Pairing

Sometimes, even after we pair our Bose headphones, the sound isn't quite right. Let's tackle some common audio quality issues and how to fix them.

  • Check if your Bose headphones are fully charged. A low battery can cause poor sound quality.
  • Make sure the headphones are selected as the output source. Go to your device’s audio settings and select the Bose headphones.
  • Remove and re - pair the device. This can refresh the connection and often improves sound quality.
  • Reset your Bose headphones. Find the reset instructions for your specific model and follow them.
  • Look for Bluetooth interference. Keep away from Wi - Fi routers or other Bluetooth devices that might cause a signal clash.
  • Update your headphones' firmware through the Bose Connect App or website.
  • If using an adapter for non-Bluetooth devices, ensure it supports high-quality audio transmission.

Useful Tips for a Successful Bose Headphones Pairing

After picking up some great insights from the Q&A, let's move on to practical advice. Pairing your Bose headphones shouldn't be a hassle. Here are our top tips for making the process smooth:

  1. Charge Your Headphones: Make sure your Bose headphones have enough battery life before trying to pair them. A low battery can cause issues.
  2. Update Firmware: Keep your headphones' firmware updated using the Bose Connect app for optimal performance and compatibility.
  3. Clear Old Pairings: If you've paired your headphones with many devices, clear old connections to avoid conflicts.
  4. Keep it Close: During pairing, place your headphones close to the device you're connecting to ensure a strong Bluetooth signal.
  5. One at a Time: Only try to connect your Bose headphones to one device at a time to prevent confusion or errors.
  6. Check Compatibility: Confirm that both the headphones and your device support the same Bluetooth version for a successful connection.
  7. Restart Both Devices: If you run into trouble, restart both the headphones and the other device, then try pairing again.
  8. Disable Other Bluetooth Devices: Temporarily turn off other nearby Bluetooth devices that might interfere with the pairing process.
  9. Use Apps When Available: For certain models, use the Bose Connect or Bose Music apps for easier control and setup during pairing.
  10. Follow Voice Prompts: Pay attention to voice prompts or lights on your headphones that guide you through pairing steps.
  11. Read Your Manual: Different models have specific instructions, so check the manual or online resources if you encounter difficulties.
  12. Stay in Range: Once paired, stay within 30 feet of your paired device for an uninterrupted listening experience with most Bluetooth headsets.
  13. Secure Connections in Settings: Go into your device's settings and make sure that 'Bose Headphones' is selected as the audio output after pairing is complete.
  14. Test Audio Quality: After connecting, play various types of audio to test that everything sounds clear and that there are no connectivity hiccups.


We've got your back when it comes to syncing up those Bose headphones. Just remember—pairing mode on, Bluetooth settings open, and a simple tap gets the job done. Whether you're tuning into an iPhone or jamming with an Android, every beat counts.

Keep these tips in hand for sound that's just right. Trust us, your ears will thank you!

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What are the key features of Bose QuietComfort headphones?

With QuietComfort headphones, you can experience world-class noise cancellation, premium audio performance, and comfortable over-ear design. These headphones are perfect for long flights or daily commuting, as they provide an immersive listening experience while minimizing outside distractions.

How can I swipe to control my headphones?

The swipe feature allows you to easily adjust volume, skip tracks, and manage calls with simple intuitive gestures on the earcup of the headphones. By swiping up, down, left, or right, you can control various functions without having to reach for your device.

Can I connect Bose headphones to my Android device?

Yes, you can easily connect your Bose headphones to your Android device via Bluetooth. Simply enable Bluetooth on your Android device, then tap the Bluetooth icon on your headphones to initiate the pairing process. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the connection.

Are Bose headphones compatible with iOS devices?

Absolutely! Bose headphones are fully compatible with iOS devices, such as iPhones and iPads. They can seamlessly connect to your iOS device via Bluetooth, allowing you to enjoy high-quality audio and convenient control features.

What is the ear cuff design of Bose headphones?

The ear cuff design of Bose headphones provides a comfortable and secure fit over your ears, ensuring long-lasting comfort during extended listening sessions. The cushions are soft and plush, allowing for a snug fit while effectively sealing in the audio and minimizing external noise.

How do I ensure that my headphones will appear in the Bluetooth list on my device?

To make your Bose headphones discoverable, first ensure that the headphones are powered on. Then, press and hold the Bluetooth button on the headphones until the status indicator light begins to flash.

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